39 thoughts on “Dublin, 2014: Friendliest City Of 1986

  1. Mick Flavin

    Oh, I get it! In a weird post-postmodern twist, they actually used a photo of Dublin….

    …I don’t get it, do I?

    1. Big Mad Bond Fan

      Red number plates, no spire, Irish Nationwide on the corner, Irish Permanent on the next corner. The ‘Conde Nast Traveller’ magazine survey of friendliest and unfriendliest cities might be from August 2014, but the picture they used to show the city is approx. 30 years old.

  2. phil

    Does anyone here remember the scourage of blood filled syringe attacks on O Connell street in the 80’s ? That wasnt too friendly …

  3. Soundings

    Is that a lime green Opel Ascona crossing the bridge to southside? And they say the 70s was the decade that style forgot.

  4. Soundings

    No Romanian beggars on O’Connell Bridge, no heroin/methodone/diazepam folks stumbling along the boardwalk, no chuggers, no open air drugs market on the corner of Aston Quay/Westmoreland Street, no wandering hordes filling time before the hostels open, no pools of vomit/piss/blood and the only people who wore tracksuits were sporty.

    Would you prefer Conde Nast used a photograph of O’Connell Street today?

    1. Rep

      Indeed Dublin was a nicer place in the 80’s, if you look back on it with massive rose tinted glasses and ignore everything bad about Dublin in the 80s.

  5. Johnjoe

    The 80’s had enough vomit, piss and blood in it to flood the city. Any man pickled in powers whiskey and sucking on the butt of a Carrolls or Major would punch you between the eyes for saying different.

  6. Joxer

    the dude carrying the bag of cement or whatever it is behind the blue van heading north… he would be mown over if he did that now…

  7. markgdub

    One cyclist!

    Dublin in the 80s was a horrible, car-centric place with no outlet for bearded baristas on fixies in search of a craft brew.

  8. David

    The only difference I can see is that today the traffic jam is made up of empty taxis getting in each others way.

  9. Soundings

    Simpler times: pop into Michael Fingleton’s Irish Nationwide on the corner and see about a loan for a trophy house in Straffan.

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